Our base for the weekend's festivities was the Bacara Resort and Spa on the Gaviota Coast. This spectacular shoreline, the largest south-facing stretch of sand on the American Pacific, is one of the last remaining intact coastal Mediterranean ecosystems in California.
It wasn't a big weekend in movies except for the stunning if a tad overrated Gravity, but two noteworthy political figures had prominent roles. Unfortunately for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it didn't prove to be a big box office weekend for either.
I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.
It's never easy to make a movie, much less one not geared toward the masses. Here's a rundown of new movies, documentaries, TV shows and classics getting a reissue, including one of my all-time favorite romantic dramas on BluRay.
In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.
I now write about our American wars without ever having visited a war zone. There, in the '50s and early '60s, I advanced with the marines and the Russians, bombed Tokyo but also experienced (however briefly) Hiroshima after it was atomized.
As far as errors involving the life of serial killer John Wayne Gacy go, I've encountered some that were much more amusing than the one that is said to have been made by 2012 presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann in Waterloo, Iowa.
Marion Michael Morrison set the standard for the tall (6'4"), strong, silent type. The lowly paid actor rose to stardom when he was cast as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's classic western. From there, he never looked back.